Just One Knight is the newest in Bridget Essex's Knight Legends series, and my favorite to date--the first set entirely in the world of Arktos, where the women are strong and the horses have horns. Cinda, extraordinary baker, is smarting from a nasty breakup when she encounters Talis, horsehand with fluency in equine languages and aspirations to be a lady knight. If mistaken identities weren't enough, Talis's twin sister and queen of thieves swoops in to kidnap--er, invite--the girls and their best friends on a quest to right a family wrong.
This is your typical swoony Essex goodness, exploring the setting of Arktos with more depth (I want to go to the monster girl bar, just saying) and leading the girls on a fun, rollicking adventure. While the romance is lovely and central to the story, the friendships--the three best friends, and the growing alliances during times of great strife and monster negotiation--are what really appealed. As much as a romance, this is a story about women bonding and being stronger together--and yes, this is inclusive as a beautiful passage about the traditions of Moonborn folk explains in the third act. Always happy to return to the world of Arktos, and can't wait to read many more from Bridget Essex!